TDWG 2017 in Ottawa: a great and interesting week for the team!

Ottawa have been the host of the annual conference of the Biodiversity Informatics Standards, best known as TDWG.
TDWG is, amongst others, responsible of the development and support of the Darwin Core standards, used all over the world to publish biodiversity data.
From the 1st to the 6th of October 2017, scientists, professionals, and students had the opportunity to discover and present the new developments related to the publication of biodiversity data, as well as to participate to workshops and symposiums about tools and specific subjects.

Our programmer, Jérémy, have co-organized a workshop about the ALA platform, newly installed on Canadensys. This workshop aimed to present the platform and the tools associated to organizations and users interested to use it. It has been organized by the ALA community, which include GBIF France, GBIF Spain, GBIF Sweden, ALA-NBN, and GBIF.

The recordings of all sessions are available here.

One of the tradition of the TDWG conference is a ‘Wild Ideas’ session, allowing everyone to present, in 3 minutes, an idea, a project, a tool a little bit crazy. During that session, an epic war entitled ‘Kill your Darwin Core Darlings’ has been launched, allowing anyone interested to save or kill those terms for which we sometimes have a love-hate relationship! Interested in joining this adventurous quest? The start of the trail is here!

The conference has also been the occasion to celebrate the birth of BISS (Biodiversity Information Science and Standards journal), which will bw edited by TDWG via the Arpha platform developed by Pensoft.

Save the date! Next year, the conference will take place in Dunedin, New Zealand, from the 25th to the 1st of October 2018. It will be a joint conference organized by TDWG and the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC). A perfect occasion to learn more about biological collections and the way to share data with everyone! For more info: http://spnhc-tdwg2018.nz/

All the Canadensys team wants to thanks the organizing committee for the quality of the program and the conference in general. We had a great time in Ottawa during that week!